"I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not honor more."

- Richard Lovelace, Off to War


Award-winning novels!

Jessica James won the John Esten Cooke Award for Fiction in 2011 AND 2014.

Find out more about this Virginia writer on my Life in the Past Lane blog.

Monday, June 30, 2014

John Esten Cook Award for Southern Fiction

Historical Fiction Author Jessica James wins second John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
Honored to announce that my Civil War novel Above and Beyond has been awarded the 2014 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction.

Noble Cause won the 2011 Award, so I am a two-time winner!

Cooke was a Civil War soldier and one of the most important literary figures of nineteenth-century Virginia. A prolific author of historical adventures and romances, he holds a significant place in Virginia's literary history and in nineteenth-century American literary culture.

I did a short post on my Life in the Past Lane blog.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Indie Book Awards Finalist!

I'm pleased to announce that my Civil War novel Above and Beyond was a Finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards contest in the Fiction/Religious category!

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories. It is the largest non-profit awards contest open to independent publishers and authors worldwide.

Awards will be handed out in New York later this month.

Updated Awards List


ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARDS

2014 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in Fiction/Religious

2013 USA “Best Books 2013” Finalist in Fiction/Religious
 

NOBLE CAUSE AWARDS

2012 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Winner in Romance

2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction

2011 USA "Best Books 2011" Finalist in Historical Fiction

2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Best Regional Fiction

2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Romance

2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Historical Fiction

2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
 

SHADES OF GRAY AWARDS

2010 Stars and Flags: Second place for Historical Fiction

2009 HOLT Medallion Finalist for Best Southern Theme

2009 Nominated for Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction

2008 Indie Next Generation Award for Best Regional Fiction

2008 Indie Next Generation Finalist for Best Historical Fiction

2008 IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction

2008 ForeWord Magazine Finalist for Book of the Year in Romance

"Noble Cause" Book Trailer